If you are what you eat, and you’re prone to eating processed, sugary foods, and soda, can you really look and feel your best?
We all know how important it is to follow a balanced, healthy diet — of course, it is all too often easier said then done! If you’re worried about your health or you’ve been advised by your doctor to change your diet, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, there are lots of simple changes that you can make to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing. With that in mind, here are five simple changes you can make to step up your healthy eating game.
Read the label
When going grocery shopping, it’s too easy to pick up whatever you like the look of and dump it into your cart. What you may not be aware of is all the unnecessary additives and preservatives that you could be consuming that can have a negative impact on your health. When you’re next out food shopping, take some time to check out the label of the foods you’re purchasing. Knowing what’s in the food you’re consuming can make a big difference and may make you think twice about what you’re eating.
If you are worried about the foods you and your loved ones are eating, planning out your meals can be the perfect solution, especially for those who find it difficult to purchase healthy food when grocery shopping. If you aren’t sure where to start, you may want to consider checking out Ultimate Paleo Guide where you can find more information on meal planning and how you can keep it simple with easy ingredients. Having some structure to what you eat can help you avoid snacking on treats full of additives, salt and sugar.
Drink more water
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Whether you work long hours, or you’re chasing after the kids, keeping your body hydrated with water is crucial. In many cases, you may find yourself feeling hungry when you actually feel thirsty, so there is no harm in having a glass of water to quench your thirst and keep you going. Even better, staying hydrated will stop you from overeating! If you’re a coffee addict or you don’t want to give up your soda, try and reduce the amount you drink and factor in plenty of water.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
It’s advised that you consume at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, however, getting your recommended amount in can be a challenge, especially for those who are new to the healthy eating thing. Thankfully, there are lots of different ways that you can get your five-a-day in. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas, why not add some fruit into your breakfast cereal or swap your mid-morning snack for a piece of fruit? Making minor changes to your lifestyle can provide great health benefits!
The American Heart Association recommend that eating fish such as salmon and mackerel can help improve heart and brain health, as well as potentially reducing the risk of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
Checking the labels when going grocery shopping to see what’s actually in your food, planning out your meals to give you more structure and routine, drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, as well as eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fish are just a few simple changes that you can make to help you be more healthy. If you are having difficulty making changes, you may want to consider making an appointment with your doctor, who will be able to give you more information on healthy eating and what lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
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